Great advice on love and marriage


The Sweet Life by Susan Poulin

Ida LeClair’s new book (Oops, I mean Susan Poulin’s new book), The Sweet Life, published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, is a humerous, insightful, and entertaining guide to love, marriage, and more.

It’s easy to get Susan and Ida mixed up. Susan is the real person. Ida is on her-stage character. And Ida is a character. The book features Ida’s (Susan’s) advice.

If you liked Susan’s earlier book, Finding Your Inner Moose, you will really love this one, filled with hilarious stories that demonstrate her very practical advice, much of it aimed at husbands (go figure).

In the section titled “Straight Talk from Barcalounger: When in Doubt, Hug it Out,” Ida tells us, “Sometimes your wife’s gonna be mad at you, and you’ll have no idea why. Number one rule: don’t ask her what’s the matter. That’ll only make her more irritated at you because you can’t read her mind. Hey, it’s not fair, but life ain’t fair.”

Some of the advice is serious, including how to deal with the death of your spouse in the section titled “The Last One Standing.” The story of spending time with a friend whose husband died is thoughtful and touching.

I even loved the book cover photo of Susan with a bucket of dirty clothes, holding up her husband’s filthy sock. My wife has been there, done that!

There’s something for everyone in this book. Thank you Ida! I mean Susan!

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.